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Note: Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community. Please contact us if you know of a useful resource missing from the list at (202) 724-8612.

Georgetown UCEDD

Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
3300 Whitehaven Street, NW, Suite 3300
Mailing address Box 571485
Washington, DC 20057

Telephone: (202) 687-8807

The Georgetown University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Service (UCEDD) is funded through the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) to provide leadership, advise federal, state and community policy makers about, and promote opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Disability Rights DC

220 I Street, NE, Suite 130
Washington, DC 20002

Telephone: (202) 547-4747

Disability Rights DC is the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) agency within University Legal Services that provides information and referral services and uses legal, administrative and other remedies to resolve problems for individuals with disabilities and groups of clients.

Center for Accessiblity

901 G Street NW
Room 215, Second Floor
Washington, DC 20001

Telephone: (202) 727-2142
TTY: 202-559-5368
Email: [email protected]

The Center for Accessiblity helps make the District of Columbia Public Library a leading resource for people with disabilities, for the deaf community and for DC’s multifaceted society of older adults, veterans, and injured servicemen and servicewomen of the United States Armed Forces.

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, Inc.

4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW 
Suite 310 
Washington, DC 20008

E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: (202) 448-1450

Quality Trust is an independent catalyst for change in the lives of people of all ages with developmental disabilities in the District of Columbia.  We partner with people and their families so they can succeed, thrive and experience full membership in the communities they choose.

Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc. (AJE)

1200 G Street NW, Suite #725
Washington DC 20005

Telephone: (202) 678-8060

The mission of Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE) is to educate parents, youth, and the community about the laws governing public education, specifically for children with special needs. We seek to empower youth and parents to be effective advocates on behalf of their children to ensure that they receive an appropriate education.

The Arc of the District of Columbia, Inc.

1825 K Street, NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20006

Telephone: (202) 617-3266
Email: [email protected]

The Arc of DC’s mission is to improve the quality of life of all persons with intellectual disabilities and their families through supports and advocacy.


1301 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 350,
Washington, DC 20036

Telephone: (202) 907-6887
E-mail: [email protected]

The mission of SchoolTalk is to offer parents early and effective opportunities for both raising and resolving their concerns regarding special education identification, assessment, and service delivery, by working with the schools in the District of Columbia to improve the communication and dispute resolution processes that are associated with the delivery of special education services.

DC Partners in Transition

E-mail: [email protected]

DC Partners in Transition is a group of DC stakeholders who are committed to improving the ability of DC youth with special needs and disabilities to successfully transition into education, employment, and independence.

Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc.

1101 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005

Telephone: 202-467-2737
TTY: 202-467-2709

Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN) provides innovative care to the pediatric Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and SSI-eligible populations of Washington, DC through a management network that coordinates health, social, and education services for our members.

HSC Foundation

2013 H Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

Telephone: (202) 454-1220
Email: [email protected]

The HSC Foundation is dedicated to improving access to services for individuals who face social and health care barriers due to disability, chronic illness, or other circumstances that present unique needs. The HSC Health Care System is a multi-faceted organization that weaves together a pediatric specialty hospital (The HSC Pediatric Center), a health care management plan (Health Services for Children with Special Needs), a home health agency (HSC Home Care, LLC) and a for-profit consulting company (Special Needs Consulting Services)

Deaf Reach

3722 12th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017

Telephone: (202) 832-6681 (Voice/TTY)

Our mission is to maximize the self-sufficiency of Deaf adults needing special services by providing Referral, Education, Advocacy, Counseling, and Housing.

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

1825 K Street, NW
Suite 1103
Washington, DC 20006

Telephone: (202) 454-6400

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind has been dedicated to helping the blind or visually impaired population of the greater Washington region overcome the challenges of vision loss. Our work enables people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to remain independent, active and productive in society.

Access Smithsonian

PO Box 37012
NMAH, Room 1010, MRC 607
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Telephone: 202-633-2921
Email: [email protected]

The Access Smithsonian Program strives to make all visitors feel welcome by providing consistent, effortless access to the Institution’s programs, collections, and facilities. This program, which serves as a role model for museums throughout this country and around the world, is founded on the belief that all Smithsonian visitors and staff are valued, and that access should be integrated, independent, and dignified.

Dreams For Kids

926 N ST NW
Studio 3
Washington, DC 20001

Telephone: (301) 742-7787
E-mail: [email protected]

Dreams for Kids’ mission is to empower at-risk youth and those with disabilities through dynamic leadership programs and life-changing activities that inspires them to fearlessly pursue their dreams and compassionately change the world.  Additionally, the organization is committed to uniting children of disability, race, religion, and socio-economic background and inspires them to realize their full potential and serve as active members of their communities and citizens of the world.

Equal Rights Center (ERC)

820 First St NE 
Suite LL160 
Washington, DC 20002

Telephone: 866 549 0009

TTY: 202 234 3062


ERC is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to identifying, challenging, and eliminating discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, and government services through education, research, testing, counseling, enforcement and advocacy.

DBTAC: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center

12300 Twinbrook Parkway, Suite 350
Rockville, MD 20852

Toll Free: 1-800-949-4232 V/TTY
Local: (301) 217-0124 V/TTY

The DBTAC provides training, information, and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to businesses, consumers, schools, and government agencies within the Mid-Atlantic Region (PA, DE, MD, VA, WV, and DC).

Job Accommodations Network (JAN)

Job Accommodation Network
PO Box 6080
Morgantown, WV 26506-6080

Voice: 1-800-526-7234
TTY: 1-877-781-9403
E-mail: [email protected]

Designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by: 1) providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, 2) providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and 3) educating callers about self-employment options.

National Council on Independent Living

2013 H St. NW
6th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20006

Phone: 202 207 0334 
Email: [email protected]

The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.

The American Association of People with Disabilities

2013 H Street, NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20006

Phone: 202-521-4316
E-mail: [email protected]

AAPD’s advocacy aims to improve the lives of people with disabilities by increasing their political and economic power.

DC Assistive Technology Program

220 I St. NE, Suite 130
Washington DC  20002

Phone: 202-547-0198 

The DC Assistive Technology Program is a city-wide program whose goal is to enhance independence, productivity and inclusion for all District residents with disabilities.  They accomplish this goal by providing education, experience and empowerment in the selection, procurement and use of assistive technology devices and services.

UCP of Washington DC & Northern Virginia

3135 8th St NE
Washington, DC 20017

Phone: (202) 269-1500

UCP of Washington D.C. & Northern VA currently provides a range of social, physical, educational and recreational activities for adults with disabilities.  These personalized services focus on the adoption of new and innovative approaches to service delivery through person-centered connections. 501c3 charity organizations physical and developmental disabilities.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

1220 L Street, NW
Ste. 100 Box #168
Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (301) 966-2234 
E-mail: [email protected]

NCLD improves the lives of the 1 in 5 with learning and attention issues by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. For more than 40 years, NCLD has worked to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work, and in life.

Shared Horizons

4301 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 140
Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 448-1460
E-mail: [email protected]

Shared Horizons is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to manage Pooled Special Needs Trusts. Our goal is to protect public benefits, provide goods and services, and preserve assets and funds. 

Resource Guide for Parents of Students with Disabilities: Understanding ADA, Section 504, IDEA and IEP


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